Hangin’ with the Bison

Hangin’ with the Bison

Aug 31, 2013

    Late August and I’m sitting on a hillside in Custer State Park’s southern prairie.  As is the case with most folks who visit this state park each year — [1.8 million in 2012] — I’ve come to see the bison. The timing is perfect.  The raucous all night revelry of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is past, while the...

Black Hills Trout

Black Hills Trout

Aug 31, 2013

  Fast, clear, and cold as ice; the streams of the western Black Hills are my favorite place to look for trout.  Although I never catch any really big ones, the trout are always super plentiful and I’ve yet to have a slow day while fishing in The Hills. The past week at Custer State Park has been phenomenal.  Temperatures and humidity have been...

How Good Can It Get?

How Good Can It Get?

Aug 19, 2013

It might be the increase in moisture; it might be the overall cooler night and morning temperatures; or it might be who knows what.  But whatever the reason, there’s no denying that this year’s fall mushroom hunt is off to a phenomenal start.  Most noticeable, of course, are the sulfur shelves .  Most commonly referred to in these parts as...

Fall Mushrooms

Fall Mushrooms

Aug 17, 2013

  Looking for something to do this weekend?  You might want to hit the nearest woodland for some fall mushroom hunting.  Yea, I know what the date is; but in spite of all that I’m beginning to discover some young and succulent Chicken-of-the-Woods [sulfur] mushrooms.  Just emerged and still growing by the second, the mushrooms are soft, tender,...

Iowa Dove Count

Iowa Dove Count

Aug 16, 2013

  The results of the 2013 Mourning Dove Call Count have been released.  The annual dove report is compiled by personnel with the Iowa DNR’s Upland Game Program in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Migratory Bird Management.  This year, surveyors reported a 0.9 percent decrease in the number of doves heard; and...